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Turning Milk Crates Into....

By: Diy maven Jul 28, 2008

A chandelier

A bench

Tables and chairs


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Make A Laptop Messenger Bag

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 26, 2008

created on: 07/26/08

Made from Anthropologie-looking fabric, the Laptop Messenger Bag has  a smooth chocolate brown recycled leather strap (from an Ann Taylor skirt) and a back pocket cut out of a recycled bomber jacket.  To be perfectly honest, I did take the outside pocket right off of my original Placemat Hack: Flaptop Laptop Cover.  This handy messenger version is easy to carry, quilted on the inside and has the added details of topstitching and thatContinue Reading

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How-to: Wrap Gifts with Fabric

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 25, 2008

created on: 07/25/08

Years ago I used some cute upholstery fabric to wrap a baby shower gift, it only seemed natural.  I tied it and made a bow out of real ball fringe or something darling.  As I remember, it was very difficult to figure out a way to make the wrapping say put.  Happily, the wrapping got more applause than the gift (justifiably, if I do say so myself).

The Ministry of Environment-Government of Japan has a downloadable PDF file to show youContinue Reading

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The Loopy Lu

By: Diy maven Jul 25, 2008

Lothair Hamann’s Loopy Lu pendant light reminds me of those plastic 6-pack can rings. Only pretty. And less of a threat to marine life. Described as ‘a vibrant character designed to give colour and light to your living space,’ the Loopy Lu is available through Hidden Art Shop for £39.50 or about 79 bucks.

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Zen Garden on a Budget

By: Diy maven Jul 25, 2008

created on: 07/25/08

My sister Barbara was shopping for a zen rake, and it occurred to her that I should make a zen garden for Curbly. Well, here it is...a zen garden on a budget. (Thanks for the idea, sis!)

Stuff you’ll need:

A thick-ish picture frame; 8" x 10" works well. (I found the perfect specimen at the thrift store for $2.80. Sweet.)

A glue gun and glue sticks

Beach sand (Since I don’t live in an area notorious for its lovely beach sand, I had to buy someContinue Reading

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Paper Furnishings

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 25, 2008

created on: 07/25/08

The love affair with paper continues.  And why not?  It's just about the perfect material--biodegradable, beautifully handpainted, or just plain minimal and subtle.  It takes a little more than dexterity to cleverly construct origami birds and such, but a decoupaged chair sounds like it's right up my alley.  Other delightful and useful home accessories are featured in The Paper Home, such as this paper clock, a woven platter, wall hangingsContinue Reading

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How to Upholster a Tape Measure

By: Diy maven Jul 25, 2008

The clever babes over at Spoonful of Sugar Girls have come up with something you probably hadn’t considered doing before: upholstering your tape measure. So sweet, even non-hardcore-crafters will want one.

What you need:

a retractable tape measure
fabric scraps
spray starch
Vliesofix, optional (it's double-sided webbing used for applique)
embroidery floss, optional

What you do:

Head on over to Spoonful of Sugar Girls for aContinue Reading

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How-to: Make a Slipcovered Vase

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 25, 2008

created on: 07/25/08

This easy tutorial came to my attention through Paper and Stitch when I was googling one of my past tutorials to find sites where it was picked up.  Ugh, shameful self-centeredness.  Nevertheless, it led me to this simply adorable vase slipcover.  I'm considering some vase projects these days, so this will go in my "great ideas" folder.   This also makes good use of small fabric scraps or "fat quarters" you may find at a quilt shop orContinue Reading

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How to get rid of everything that annoys you.

By: Diy maven Jul 24, 2008

How to Get Rid of Things is a website devoted to ‘helping you prevent, eliminate or remove common annoyances from your life.’ Included in their list of irritations are pests of the bug variety; common household issues like odors and stains; personal hygiene nuisances like warts and ringworm; and cosmetic gripes such as cellulite and man boobs. So, to finally rid yourself of whatever pains your ass, check out How to Get Rid of Things. 

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Easy Citus Slices Flower Arrangement

By: Diy maven Jul 24, 2008

BHG has this really simple but very effective flower arrangement idea. All you need is a clear glass pitcher, a tall glass, some lemon slices and flowers.

First, slip the glass inside the pitcher.

Then slice lemons into 1/4" slices and arrange them between the glass and the pitcher. Of course, you'll start at the bottom and then overlap the slices a bit as you go.

Finally, gently pour water over the lemon slices andContinue Reading

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